Seeking help is a sign of strength
Our established Support Groups started in Spring 2010 (the Eating Disorder Support Groups) and have been very successful and valuable to 100s of people from all over Scotland. We've seen many people 'recover' and make many changes in their lives. This is very inspiring and rewarding to witness.
We are now introducing some other Support Groups -Family and Friends Eating Disorder Support Group, Glasgow Women's Support Group and a Mindfulness Club. See more details below.
Unlike many other support groups, our groups are regulated, have strict boundary and confidentiality policies and managed by both professionals and people who have personal experience of the issues that Members also experience - including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, negative body image low self-esteem and much more - and have now recovered.
Many support groups don't have these standards and are poorly managed and regulated. Some of us have been to such groups and we know what works and what doesn't work. This is why our support groups are so successful and have an excellent reputation.
Talking with other people who have similar issues, and with people who have now recovered, can be very valuable.
Everyone in support groups – members, volunteers and staff - really understand, listen, and provide lots of encouragement, support and never judge. Support groups are very pro-recovery and have guidelines in place to ensure groups are not triggering and are as safe as they can possibly be.
We are introducing some new Support Groups soon too, including Family and Friends Eating Disorders Support Group, Mindfulness Club and Glasgow Woman's Support Group. See more about our various current and future Support Groups below.
''At last! I have found somewhere I feel safe and comfortable talking and sharing what I am going through.''
-Support Group Member-
Our established Eating Disorder Support Groups started in Spring 2010 and have been very successful and valuable to 100s of people from all over Scotland. We've seen many people 'recover' and make many changes in
Eating Disorder Support Groups may be something that can help you on the road to getting better and getting some support and understanding with your eating and food difficulties. You are very welcome to come along. Support groups:
''Change is a process. It's decision by decision, step by step, gain by gain, day by day, month by month, year by year. Trudge forward!''.
- Melanie Gordon Sheets -
Family and Friend Support Groups are for anyone 'supporting' a friend, family member, or partner with an eating disorder or disordered eating.
Supporting someone with food and eating-associated problems can be difficult and stressful in many ways. It can be painful to watch someone we care about experience eating and food problems.
You may want to do everything you can to help your loved one 'get better’ or seek help and support. However, it’s important that supporters remain strong and cared for too. It’s difficult to support people if we are stressed, anxious, worrying, not looking after ourselves or not taking time away from the ‘eating disorder’. It makes sense, doesn’t it?
Family and Friend Support Groups provide a time and space to care for yourself and share some of your thoughts and feelings with others who may have similar experiences. We also offer one-to-one therapy, counselling and psychotherapy to Family and Friends too. See Get Help and Support section for details. Family and Friend Support Groups:
''Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. ''.
- Marcus Aurelius-
We have other Support Groups (see below) including the Glasgow Women's Support Group (GWSG). See details of other groups and clubs above and below.
GWSG is a new support group for women, by women, starting in Spring 2018 and based on other support groups we have been running since Spring 2010. It's a:
Interested? Please feel free to get in touch via our Contact Form here. Alternatively, join the separate Meetup space we have called 'Glasgow Support Groups' (see button below). Please note we have a separate Meetup space for our Eating Disorder Support Groups (see above).
Given we have to pay for a Meetup subscription bi-annually (around £150 per year), we ask that you only join our Meetup space if you definitely intend to come to groups. You must join the Meetup space to attend Support Groups - we cannot email everyone individually when we host groups.
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or need any more information. We look forward to meeting you at a group soon. Thanks!
''Respond; don't react. Listen; don't talk.
Think; don't assume.''
We have a new Mindfulness Club group starting in Spring 2018 for anyone over 16 years .
What is Mindfulness? ‘Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives. It will not eliminate life's pressures, but it can help us respond to them in a calmer manner that benefits our heart, head, and body. It helps us recognise and step away from habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events. It provides us with a scientifically researched approach to cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding. Practicing mindfulness allows us to be fully present in our life and work, and improve our quality of life’. (www.mindfulnet.org). The Mindfulness Club is a:
Interested? Get in touch here or join our Meetup space (see button below). We have a separate Meetup space for these groups (called 'Glasgow Support Groups').
Given we have a bi-annual Meetup subscription to pay (around £150 per year), we ask that you only join our Meetup space if you definitely intend to attend groups. You must join the Meetup space to attend - we cannot email everyone individually when we host groups/clubs. Thanks!
''You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret . . . . is to press play. ''.
- Jay Asher-
We believe that participating in various types of social and occupational activities is important to making changes and recovering from any mental health problem or getting through difficult times.
Social activities are a vital part of recovery and getting through difficult times. Social activities can help in so many ways: make new friends; challenge social anxiety; try new things; learn new skills; challenge control/routine; relax and engage in 'me' time. Having an enjoyable time away from problems for a little while can really aid recovery and assist us all in getting through difficult times, whatever they may be.
We provide various social activities, including:
.... and lots more!
We welcome ideas and suggestions, so please feel free to let us know what you would like us to offer.
As with support groups, social activities, such as Coffee and Chat Clubs and Book Groups, are scheduled on our Meetup space so that they are readily available for you to see, as, and when, they are scheduled. Read more about Meetup in the sections. Thanks!
Feel free to join our private Meetup space below if you are interested in social clubs and activities.